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Saint Louis Art Museum Files Federal Lawsuit to Keep a 3,200-Year-Old Mummy Mask

February 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Art Crime & Legal

DETROIT (AP).- The St. Louis Art Museum has filed a federal lawsuit to try to keep a 3,200-year-old mummy mask that Egypt wants returned, claiming it was stolen nearly two decades ago.

In this photo provided Feb. 16 2011 by the Saint Louis Art Museum is the 3200 year old Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask 580x388 Saint Louis Art Museum Files Federal Lawsuit to Keep a 3,200 Year Old Mummy Mask
In this photo provided Feb. 16, 2011, by the Saint Louis Art Museum is the 3,200-year-old Ka-Nefer-Nefer mummy mask. The museum has filed a federal lawsuit in its effort to keep the mask that Egypt wants back. The museum says it has legal rights to the mask it purchased from a New York art deal for $499,000 in 1998. Egypt officials have claimed the mask was stolen in the early 1990s from a storage room near a pyramid. AP Photo/Saint Louis Art Museum.

The museum claims the U.S. government is trying to seize the 20-inch-long funeral mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer and return it to Egypt. But the museum says it has legal rights to the mask it purchased from a New York art dealer for $499,000 in 1998.

Egypt officials have claimed the mask was stolen in the early 1990s from a storage room near a pyramid.

The suit, filed in federal court in St. Louis on Tuesday, claims there is no proof the mask was stolen. It also claims that the statute of limitations has expired for any seizure.

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